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This was the first comedy that Laurel and Hardy starred in without producer Hal Roach, although they had previously been "guest stars" in four MGM movies.
After they finished making "The Flying Deuces," they returned to Hal Roach Studios to make films.
In order to make this movie, producer Boris Morros bought the rights to the 1931 French film "Les deux legionnaires," which had a similar plot. "The Flying Deuces" was Morros' first independent production and it was shot in continuity over a span of four weeks.
Only one day was reportedly needed for retakes.
The French original starred Fernandel and Noel Noel.
Ollie is in love with a woman. When he find out that she is already married, he tries to kill himself. Of course, the suicide is prevented and the boys join the Foreign Legion to get away from their troubles. Eventually, they are arrested for trying to desert the Legion and escape the firing squad by stealing a plane.
This movie is part of the collection: Comedy Films
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Producer: Boris Morros
Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Comedy; Laurel And Hardy
Contact Information: www.k-otic.com
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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and it has Ming in it as well ;)
Subject: SHINE ON
This movie has Oliver's finest vocal performance "Shine on Harvest Moon" they've just resigned from the foreign legion as they walk to the front gate they pass the legion band droning away at some arabic flavored ditty,when suddenly the band flawlessly segues into the famous intro to 'harvest moon'.ollie stops looks at stan "hey i know that song!".this is five star material.
Subject: FLYING DEUCES
How can I check that there are no rights on this movie? I'd like to use a clip in a doco I am making.
Subject: the flying deuces
This is L&H film is not my favorite, but it is a good example of theire combine comedic genusis.
My I suggest some of their shorts (silent and sound) as well as some other feature length films
as well ie. A chump of oxford.
Subject: Funny film
I've had this on VHS for a while. It's a great laugh, though I'm not sure if I prefer it to the L&H shorts. I will be downloading it soon, I hope it's the full thing.
Drew Smith -
Subject: A Correction
This is NOT one of Laurel and Hardy's earliest features. In fact this came quite late in their career, shortly before their disapointing move to MGM and FOX.
The Flying Deuces is a great fun film, not their best but by no means at all the worst. This print is pretty decent and by the looks of things, uncut. Hope you enjoy
Subject: Korny Klassic
One of the first Laural & hardy films, not much to see and not much of a storyline but it does have some humorous moments. Sound tracking is a bit off too but the film is watchable.